We’ve complied our data to give you an inside look at the most common barriers to medication adherence, as reported by our members. Understanding how each individual in your population is impacted by these barriers is critical to improving medication adherence results and reducing costs.

Barrier #1 - Time Management 

medication time management

The most frequent reason given for not taking medication properly is poor time management. Many distractions get in the way of taking medication as prescribed; forgetfulness, lack of a medication-taking routine, competing priorities, complex medication regimens, no pill box or medication planner – the list could go on and on.

A critical component of an effective medication adherence intervention is engagement and education which enables patients to become active participants in the development of their treatment plan. Our health coaches telephonically coach patients and are able to suggest resources for them to overcome time management issues.

To learn how to help patient struggling with time management and medications, read our blog post. 

Barrier #2 - Knowledge Gaps

overcoming medication knowledge gaps

It’s no wonder that a gap in knowledge is a primary cause of medication non-adherence. Prescription labels and instructions with a great deal of clinical information can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming for patients. These gaps can derive from a variety of unique patient scenarios like:

  • What if the patient doesn’t speak English and they cannot understand how to take the medication properly?
  • What if the patient’s cultural background lends to a mistrust of doctors and he or she doesn’t believe the medication is really necessary?
  • What if the physician uses jargon-filled language and the patient is too embarrassed to admit they don’t understand it?

To see more examples of knowledge gaps, read our blog post.